You may or may not have read my post in the Yamaha forum but to summarize; I quite ridding 7 years ago when I got married and I decided to get back in. I am super excited to be picking up a Raven 2008 R1 next month; 7 years of daily ridding experience and I am still a bit nervous about that kind of power. Well I am ordering all my gear online because I am 6’4” and live in a small town that offers an extremely limited selection of gear. I wanted to run my selections by everyone here and see what you guys thought. I have limited myself to a 700 dollar budget. I have been out for long enough that I’m not sure what gear to steer away from so let me know what’s up.
I know “Matching gear… what a noob” but I figure if I am going to buy it all at the same time I may as well make it match. I am planning on getting a full set of race leathers next spring as I will not be riding ultra aggressively for at least that long but after that, well I live about a 3 second ride away from some of the best year round mountain twisty ridding your going to find. I will be using the bike to go back and forth to work until then, about a 10 mile ride round trip, so I figured this would work. Any input is appreciated.
You really should upgrade to a leather jacket. They're available with perforations and lots of vents that help flow air and keep you cool. Other than that, get some riding pants and always wear solid leather work boots. Leather is best, but kevlar or leather reinforced denim is better than shorts or levis.
not going to break 50mph on an R1...come on! lol Leather does protect better but if you are on a limited budget textile is better than nothing and protects good enough. I went ahead and got leather now instead of 2 different jackets but I also live in indiana where leather is fine year round. Gauntlet gloves are the over the wrist gloves and offer better protection if you do go down and are also recomended. As far as all of your gear is concerned. Make sure its fits well and is comfortable. If not you will be more likely to not wear it.
You could save some money by making your own fender elim kit out of some materials you could get at a hardware store for less than $20.
Yeah I already had it up to 80mph the other day when I was test driving it...lol I am having second thoughts about the R1 I may opt for a 08 CBR600rr... not sure yet. I will more than likly opt for leather and some gauntlet gloves.
Don't know exactly where you live but at 6 4 you might want to try on for size some gear before you buy mail order. Helmet sizing is variable as are head shapes. Jackets: some sleeves are too *&^% short for those of us with longer sleeve lengths. Even gloves: different brands apparently different sizing.